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The first 6-8 weeks

The first 6-8 weeks of breastfeeding are a learning experience for both mother and baby.

Be patient with both yourself and your baby as you learn this new skill. Skin to skin contact and frequent feedings (8 or more in 24 hours), will help you and your baby get off to a good start.

Surround yourself with those who are supportive of your breastfeeding and remember to rest whenever you can.

More information about:
(From the Breastfeeding Matters booklet published by Best Start)

Baby-led latching            Newborn feeding & sleep patterns 
Cue-based feeding Is baby getting enough milk?
Skin-to skin contact Expressing breastmilk
Breastfeeding positions Storing your milk
Latching Vitamin D recommendations for baby 

Find more information about some of the most common challenges of breastfeeding from the Breastfeeding Matters booklet:

Sore nipples
Sleepy baby
Plugged ducts

For breastfeeding support, contact a Public Health Nurse
519-421-9901 | 1-800-922-0096